The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center 

CARING. DARING. SHARING. 






The Shepherd's Hand began as a community outreach initiative of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. Through this ministry effort, we as a family of faith seek to meet the needs of our neighborhood through education, health and life wellness programs and events. Through acts of mercy we desire to care for the tangible needs of our community and point all who we serve to Christ and the divine service where we hear the Gospel and receive our Good Shepherd's gifts of grace. Please visit our website at https://www.shepherdshandfw.org or set up a time to stop by and see us!


OUR MISSION:

TO REACH OUT IN THE CITY BY CARING FOR THE SHEPHERD'S PEOPLE, DARING TO BE THE SHEPHERD'S HANDS, AND SHARING THE SHEPHERD'S LOVE.


OUR VISION: Motivated by the love of Christ, we serve our community by providing quality health, education, and life wellness services to adults and children in the East Central and Memorial Park neighborhoods of Fort Wayne.















OUR HISTORY:

In 2011, Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church purchased the former Elite Ballroom building located at 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. with the intention of developing a community outreach ministry to care for the needs of families in the neighborhood. Thanks to God's provision through a matching grant from The Lutheran Foundation, many generous individual donors, as well as funds from the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod Office of National Mission and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the building renovation and update is reaching its completion. In 2017, Shepherd of the City called Deaconess Rachel Jaseph to be the first director of The Shepherd's Hand. Since then she has developed community partnerships as well as program and event plans alongside the members and staff of Shepherd of the City. The Shepherd's Hand celebrated its Grand Opening on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Please contact us for more information about our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and ongoing education and health programs!


ANNUAL EVENTS:

 HEALTH FAIRS WITH DIAPER GIVEAWAYS

We will host several Family Health Resource Fairs this year at The Shepherd's Hand, with the next one being scheduled for mid-October. Join us if you would benefit from free diapers, baby wipes, local health resources, blood sugar or blood pressure screenings, and healthy snacks. If you are in need of diapers, have diapers to donate, or are interested in helping with our next diaper distribution event, please contact Deaconess Jaseph.  Thank you to everyone who made our spring drive-thru giveaway such a success! Approximately 6,000 diapers were given away to 148 local families, along with health agency information, baby wipes, and Bible story books in Spanish and Burmese!  More information, including upcoming dates, is available on The Shepherd's Hand website: www.shepherdshandfw.org.










Current Programs:


Our HEALing Kitchen:

On hold due to COVID-19 concerns.











We continue to be enthusiastic partners with the "Our HEALing Kitchen" nutrition education cooking class program, but due to COVID-19, have had to press "pause" on hosting in-person classes.  Thanks to the Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle (HEAL)  training  and funds from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health, we have offered this 8-week educational opportunity several times in the past two years.  Adults of all ages and abilities are always welcome to join us. Click here for more information about the HEAL initiative as well as the HEAL farmers' markets that are located around Fort Wayne during the summer months. At these markets WIC and SNAP credit goes 2x as far! If you would like to know more about this class, feel free to reach out to us. Please contact Deaconess Rachel Jaseph at shepherdshandfw@gmail.com for more information.


FREE Homework Help at The Homework Club

Starting again on Tuesday, September 15th!

Does your student need extra help in a particular subject area? Does he want some extra practice with reading? Would she benefit from help with her math or Spanish homework?


All students in grades 2-8 are welcome at The Shepherd's Hand after-school Homework Club which meets every Tuesday during the school year from 3-5pm.(There will be no Homework Club if FWCS are not in session.) We offer a safe, welcoming environment to do homework, make friends, learn new skills and learn about Jesus. Our volunteers are prepared to help students in a variety of subjects, and reinforce what they are learning through extra practice activities. Students are welcome to come anytime during the club hours to finish homework, play games, and to enjoy a free snack and devotion. Contact us for sign-up information, or with any questions regarding our tutoring resources.


UPCOMING WAYS TO SERVE WITH US

Service day: Saturday September 12 from 9am-12pm

Join us for a morning of service doing small clean-up and maintenance projects at Shepherd's Hand. Contact us to learn more and to sign up. We will enjoy a light lunch at noon after serving together.


Community Clean-up day: Saturday September 19 from 10am-12pm

You are invited to help us make our neighborhood clean and beautiful by participating in the Great American Clean-Up! We will meet up at Shepherd's Hand and will divide into groups to clean up trash in our community. Together we can take pride in our community and care for each other in this simple way. Gloves, trash bags, supplies, water, and a light lunch will be provided. Contact us to sign up! 


Let's Make a Difference Together!

PRAY for us as we continue reaching out to more families and developing programs and events that would be of service to them. Pray about how you or your church may be able to support the ministry at The Shepherd's Hand.

PARTNER with us as a volunteer at our upcoming events! Contact us to learn about the volunteer application process.

GIVE a tax-deductible donation to help sustain our current programs and assist us in expanding our programs and ability to serve families and students. The Shepherd's Hand is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. 

You might also decide to give by donating diapers yourself or hosting a diaper drive at your church in support of our annual diaper giveaway events.

Checks for donations may be made out to "The Shepherd's Hand" and may be mailed to 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46803. You may also give securely online here


SIGN UP for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on this developing ministry by contacting Deaconess Jaseph at the address below.

To learn more about this ministry, please contact:

Deaconess Rachel Jaseph

Executive Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center

shepherdshandfw@gmail.com

​www.shepherdshandfw.org